Profession: Executive Assistant – NIKE
How long have you been on this weight loss journey? September 2014
Weight Loss: 23 lbs
What was your “low point”? I moved to Arlington in August of 2013. As a military spouse I am used to the moving, but this move hit me hard. I started going to the gym on base, but was not getting anywhere, I had no drive or motivation. I decided to try a boot camp class as a way to meet some people. The LiveFit Community has given me so much more than just a healthy lifestyle.
How did you get started? I really started to focus on my weight loss in September of 2014 with the Rock Your Jeans Challenge. I did well and decided I would keep the weight off. I participated in the Healthy Holiday Challenge and then did the Biggest Loser Challenge.
What is your workout routine and eating plan? I do 4-5 bootcamp/studio classes a week. Clean eating – Meal planning prep food for the week on Sunday’s.
What are your top 3 favorite resources that helped you along the way?
1.) Livefit Coaches and the community – love the challenges and the accountability.
2.) Nutrition plans and meal planning – Prep Prep Prep!!!!
3.) Motivating others to start their own fitness journey. Talking to other who are starting and helping them to be accountable.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting? Start small and build. It will take time and it will be hard, but anything worth doing is not easy. You won’t be perfect – don’t put that pressure on yourself. If you have a setback – get back up and start again. Reach out to the coaches and other participants. Have someone that you can call on when things get tough. You can’t do this alone!
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is in the process but is feeling discouraged? Take a look back to where you were, a week ago, a month ago etc. Think about how much stronger you feel, the amount of energy you have and how much more confidence you have. Then think ahead to how much better you will feel if you just keep with it. Don’t let a number on the scale be your motivating factor- this is much more than weight loss it is a new way of life.
Anything else you would like to share? I have always been active and exercised and constantly battled with the weight loss and gain. It was not until the lightbulb went off and I realized how much what I was putting into my body made a difference. I am a mom of two very active teens, work full time, coach sports and volunteer. Being busy is not an excuse. Meal Planning and prep work will actually save you a ton of time. There is always time to exercise – make “YOU” a priority!